Functional Medicine is often the answer to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases for the following reasons:
The sharp increase in the number of people suffering from complex, chronic diseases such as:
- diabetes/insulin resistance
- heart disease
- mental illness/dementia, cognitive decline
- autoimmune disorders, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroiditis
Conventional medicine is oriented toward acute care, treatment of trauma that is focused on specific treatments such as drugs or surgery.
The acute-care approach doesn’t have the methods and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease states. Toxicity is often never addressed much less looking at how lifestyle choices are impacting your health. (Any time you see the word “lifestyle”, you know you have a choice and a responsibility for your health.)
Most doctors are not adequately trained to really access the underlying causes of these chronic conditions. Often, nutrition, diet and exercise are not part of modern medical education. Hopefully, that is changing.
If you truly desire greater health, functional medicine is rapidly becoming your best choice to get well!